Donald Edwin Heck, 67, and his wife, Jeanne Waldron "Bee" Heck, 64, former Gaithersburg residents, died in the EgyptAir crash Oct. 31 while on their way to Cairo for an Elder Hostel cruise on the Nile, relatives said.

The Hecks, who had lived in Chestertown, Md., since 1995, were among the 217 passengers who died when Flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic.

Mr. Heck retired 10 years ago from BellAtlantic, where he was managing director of network operations planning.

He was a Baltimore native and a graduate of the Citadel.

After serving in the Army, he taught chemistry at a Baltimore junior high school where his wife taught math.

He began his phone company career in 1959 with Chesapeake & Potomac and later worked for AT&T in New York.

Mrs. Heck was born in San Diego. She was a graduate in Maryland of the College of Notre Dame and had been a home tutor for the Montgomery County school system.

Both Hecks sold real estate with the Shannon & Luchs firm in Montgomery Village after he retired from BellAtlantic. They were volunteers with the Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, and he had served as its president.

She was a teacher at their church, St. Martin's Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, and a member of several sewing organizations. He coached for the Montgomery Village Sports Association, which he helped organize.

Survivors include seven children, Wade Heck of Potomac, Randy Heck of Darien, Conn., Army Maj. Greg Heck of Leavenworth, Kan., Drew Heck of Mount Airy, Bruce Heck of Ellicott City, Jeannie Tucker of Falls Church and Chris Heck of Miami; and 14 grandchildren.

Mrs. Heck also is survived by two brothers, Gene Waldron of Chevy Chase and Charles Waldron of Fallston, Md.

Mr. Heck's survivors include a brother, Jack Heck of Easton, Md.